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Definition

Median waiting time for elective surgery in public hospitals.

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Computation

Median waiting time for elective surgery in public hospitals.

Median waiting times are rounded to the nearest whole day.

Waiting times are calculated for patients whose reason for removal was:

  • For surgical specialty and indicator procedures:

1. Admitted as an elective patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory.

  • For clinical urgency categories …
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Disaggregation
Hospital, elective surgery urgency category, selected surgical specialties and indicator procedures
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Calculation rules

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Description

Median waiting time for elective surgery in public hospitals.

Median waiting times are rounded to the nearest whole day.

Waiting times are calculated for patients whose reason for removal was:

  • For surgical specialty and indicator procedures:

1. Admitted as an elective patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory.

  • For clinical urgency categories:

1. Admitted as an elective patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory, or

2. Admitted as emergency patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory.

For the purposes of reporting by urgency category, patients are reported as the final urgency category they were when treated.

Exclusions

The calculation of waiting time excludes:

  1. All days the patient was waiting with a less urgent elective surgery urgency category than their urgency category when removed from the list. When a patient's urgency category changes, existing NMDS business rules will apply.
  2. All patients who:
    • Were transferred to another hospital’s elective surgery waiting list
    • Were treated elsewhere but not on behalf of the hospital
    • Were not contactable for booking the surgery or at booked time of surgery
    • Died prior to receiving their surgery
    • Declined surgery.

Data suppression

Results are not shown if the number of surgeries is fewer than 10.

For annual counts, where data from one or more urgency categories or quarters are suppressed, the annual total is reported less the suppressed value. In addition, if an urgency category is suppressed, it is removed from the relevant quarterly total.

For clinical urgency categories annual data are sourced from National Elective Surgery Waiting Time Data Collection and quarterly data from National Elective Surgery Target Data.

For surgical specialty and indicator procedures annual data are sourced from National Elective Surgery Waiting Time Data Collection.

Denominators
Disaggregation
Hospital, elective surgery urgency category, selected surgical specialties and indicator procedures

Comments

Origin:
Hospital Performance

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